Ted was sitting at a piano in the bar playing a tune. “I’m too fast for that, my friend. As Muhammed Ali used to say, ‘I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.’”
“You wish,” Jimmy said. “Putting you and Ali in the same sentence is like putting lipstick on a pig and calling it Julia Roberts.”
“Well, Julia Roberts has some pretty impressive lips,” Ted said, without halting his piano playing.
A couple of young men walked into the bar making a lot of noise and acting aggressively.
“Hey you two, tone it down a little will you please? I’m playing here.” Ted yelled at the new arrivals.
The two men walked over to Ted. One of them said, “Were you talking to us?” While Ted was looking at the man who addressed him, the other man smashed a fist into Ted’s face.
Ted fell onto the floor and Jimmy rushed over to assist him and called out to the bartender, “Call 9-1-1!”
At that, the two rambunctious men quickly fled the bar. “Float like a butterfly, huh?” Jimmy said to Ted.
“I was blindsided,” Ted complained.
Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “lipstick,” “piano,” and “butterfly.” Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (mouth), Word of the Day Challenge (lucky), Your Daily Word Prompt (rambunctious), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (meanwhile), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (verdant).